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Currently residing in Minneapolis, Daniel Getahun enjoys escaping the Minnesotan accents and the bitter winters by spending hours each week in local movie theaters. In a professional capacity in recent years, he's worked for the New England Patriots, taught subjects including sex-ed and algebra to middle school students in inner-city San Diego and lobbied members of Congress on Capitol Hill to increase the International Affairs Budget. In between and during all of these experiences, one of the few constants in his life has been his passion for film. Specifically, he's most interested in how movies - both documentaries and feature films alike - can provide insights and messages to shape his perspective on the world. As an aside from his full-time job, he maintains his blog Getafilm and is an occasional freelance critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Slumdog Millionaire

2. The Pool

3. Gran Torino

4. Up the Yangtze

5. Surfwise

6. The Wrestler

7. Let the Right One In

8. Young @ Heart

9.  OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

10. Stop-Loss

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

2. Andrew Garfield, Boy A

3. Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road

4. Sean Penn, Milk

5. Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Melissa Leo, Frozen River

2. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

3. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

4. Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long

5. Tara Riggs, Ballast

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

3. Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

4. Michael Ealy, Miracle at St. Anna

5. Patrick Wilson, Lakeview Terrace

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Viola Davis, Doubt

2. Rosemarie Dewitt, Rachel Getting Married

3. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

4. Kate Winslet, The Reader

5. Danai Jekesai Gurira, The Visitor

 

Best Direction

1. Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

2. David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

3. Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

4. Lance Hammer, Ballast

5. Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

2. Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

3. Nick Schenk, Gran Torino

4. Andrew Stanton, WALL*E

5. Alex Holdridge, In Search of a Midnight Kiss

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

2. Guillaume Schiffman, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

3. Lol Crawley, Ballast

4. Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

5. Colin Watkinson, The Fall

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Slumdog Millionaire

2. The Grocer's Son

3. Revolutionary Road

4. Man on Wire

5. City of Men

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Phillippe Petit's walk on the wire – Man on Wire

2. Andrew Garfield ecstasy tripping in a nightclub - Boy A

3. Unbroken underwater tracking shot of ice shelf – Encounters at the End of the World

4. Young Jamal covered in poop – Slumdog Millionaire

5. Suspicious spies trade cryptic proverbs - OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

6. Ending in the swimming pool (penultimate scene) – Let the Right One In

7. WALL*E's outer space journey - WALL*E

8. Kimberly Roberts rapping “Amazing” - Trouble the Water

9. Time-lapse shot of Yangtze river rising – Up the Yangtze

10. Fred Knittle sings “Fix You” - Young@Heart

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Andrew Garfield, Boy A

2. Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

3. Chris Smith, The Pool

4. Gad Elmelah, Priceless

5. Joachim Trier, Reprise

 

Best Body of Work

1. Roger Deakins, Doubt, Revolutionary Road, The Reader

2. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road and The Reader

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York and Doubt

4. Danny McBride, The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder

5. Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park and Milk

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. Revolutionary Road

2. Miracle at St. Anna

3. Doubt

4. Synecdoche, New York

5. Ballast

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. IMDb

2. Rotten Tomatoes

3. Internet Movie Poster Awards

4. Roger Ebert's Journal

5. Awards Daily

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. A Simple Plan

2. Rushmore

3. Run Lola Run

4. The Siege

5. Ronin

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Return of the Jedi

2. El Norte

3. National Lampoon's Vacation

4. Trading Places

5. Local Hero

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. Touch of Evil

3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4. The Blob

5. Gigi

Miscellaneous commentary:

 

Most overlooked movie:

1. Surfwise

2. The Pool

3. The Grocer's Son

4. In Search of a Midnight Kiss

5. Jellyfish

 

Best ending/final frame:

1. The Wrestler

2. Chop Shop

3. Let the Right One In

4. The Dark Knight

5. Silent Light

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